Adaptive Technology

Binghamton University has a variety of adaptive and assistive technology available for use by students with disabilities.  

Please speak with a staff member in Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) regarding your individual information access needs and the resources available on campus.

The following overview provides an introduction to campus adaptive and assistive technologies.

Adaptive Technology Rooms (ATRs)

SSD maintains Adaptive Technology Room computer labs in:

  • Glenn G. Bartle Library - located on the first, third and fourth floor
  • Academic A Building - room G-06B
  • University Downtown Center Library

Students interested in accessing the ATRs must meet with the SSD Adaptive Technology Specialist to obtain authorization to use them.

CONTACT: Nazely Kurkjian
PHONE: 607-777-2686

Assistive software

The computers located in the ATR labs, the Science Library, Science 2 (rooms 134 & 135), and the West Pod (S3 room 613) support:

Kurzweil 3000/Firefly

All students registered with SSD are eligible for this new version of Kurzweil 3000. If you are interested in receiving a username and password to use K3000/Firefly, please contact the Adaptive Technology Specialist.

  • Web-based educational software that allows students to access their files from anywhere, including the Firefly website:
  • Allows students to hear text read aloud to facilitate comprehension.
  • Students are able to choose from a variety of voices to hear the text read, as well as convert the audio to an MP3 format.
  • Reads documents in PDF, MS Word, and KESI formats.
  • Mac and PC version available. Program can be downloaded from the Internet or there is an install disk in the SSD office.

Link to Kurzweil How-To Videos 

In addition to Kurzweil 3000, the computers located in the ATR labs support the following assistive software programs:

Adobe Reader

  • Reads aloud documents that are in PDF format.
  • Students may choose from a variety of voices to hear the text read.
  • This software is free and available on every Binghamton University computer.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

  • This speech-to-text software types text as an individual is speaking.


  • Software that pairs a screen magnifier with a screen reader to assist students with low vision.


  • Screen-reading software designed for use by blind or visually impaired students.
  • Jaws is compatible with external Braille hardware components such as Braille Note.

CCTV magnifier

  • Device that allows for magnification of reading materials.
  • Includes color contrast feature for individuals who are light sensitive.

Assistive Devices

The Services for Students with Disabilities office has assistive device(s) available for students to borrow including:

Phonak Portable Assistive Listening Device

  • A professor's voice can be amplified for a student with a hearing impairment through the use of a lapel microphone, transmitter, and receiver.

 Smart Pens

  • A limited number of Smart Pens are available for short-term loan by students wishing to try them before deciding whether to purchase one from an outside retailer.

Last Updated: 7/2/15